Oakley's Fabian Cancellara Wins E3 Prijs Vlaanderen

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Oakley’s Fabian Cancellara took a convincing win in the E3-Prijs last Saturday, with a powerful move from more than a kilometer out to finish off breakaway companions Tom Boonen (Quiyk Step) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky- Oakley Jawbone). The Swiss champion’s win comes on the heels of a strong performance in Dwars door Vlaanderen this past Wednesday, where teammate Matti Breschel made a bold solo move for the victory with 20 kilometers remaining.

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato confirmed his form by winning the sprint from the chase group behind, which contained the Rabobank trio of Sebastian Langeveld, Lars Boom and Paul Martens, and the Vacansoleil duo of Björn Leukemans and Marco Marcato.

Boonen’s Quick Step team worked hard for their leader, with Spaniard Carlos Barredo tapping out the pace on the Oude Kreiskens, and two-time Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder working hard up to the Paterberg. Boonen took the reins again on the Paterberg, hammering up the cobbles to force the winning break, with only Cancellara and Flecha able to hang on. The remnants of the break didn’t make it over the Oude Kwaremont in the clear, with the Belgian and Swiss keeping the pace high up the climb with Flecha just able to keep the pace.

Last year’s winner Filippo Pozzato tried to close the gap to the three favorites on his own, but the Rabobank trio wouldn’t let the Italian break clear.

The three leaders worked well to maintain their distance over the chase, and with 30 seconds in hand at the 2 kilometer mark, both Cancellara and Flecha began to plot how they would rid themselves of the Belgian champion. It didn’t take long for the triple time trial World Champion to make his move, and with more than a kilometer remaining he attacked, with Flecha leaving it to Boonen to chase. It was too late by the time the Spaniard realized Boonen couldn’t close the gap to the Saxo Bank rider, with the frustrated Belgian finishing him off with his sprint for second.

2010 E3-Prijs results:
1. Fabian Cancellara (OAKLEY) 4hrs 44’ 36”
2. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) @ 3s
3. Juan Antonio Flecha (OAKLEY) s.t.
4. Filippo Pozzato (OAKLEY) @ 53s

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March 29, 2010